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GOProud Leads 'Trump In 2012' Movement At CPAC

Trumppointing Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich and other Republican politicians will get plenty of headlines out of this weekend's CPAC gathering in DC, but few speakers are as buzzed about as Donald Trump, who surprised attendees by announcing that he'll deliver a speech this afternoon.

Trump's appearance comes months after the real estate tycoon began hinting at a potential presidential run, and was apparently organized by none other than gay conservative group GOProud.

“Mr. Trump is somebody whose voice is heard all around the world,” explained Christopher Barron, chairman of the controversial organization's board.

“He’s not only a well respected businessman, and somebody who obviously has a giant megaphone, and having him involved in this event and talking about those issues – issues that are not only important to GOProud but important to conservatives all across this country — is critical."

Not only are GOProud's leaders claiming responsibility for Trump's presence at the conference, they're also trying to spark a write-in campaign for CPAC's presidential straw poll. Barron says he "would love to see Mr. Trump run for president.”

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This makes me wonder, what exactly are Trump's politics on things like LGBT equality? In 2009, when Miss California Carrie Prejean came under fire for saying she thought marriage should be between a man and a woman, Trump defended her by pointing out, quite rightly, that her answer mirrors those given by President Obama.

One of Trump's estates also hosted an event for anti-gay Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi.

Meanwhile, in other CPAC news: Bachmann offered plenty of saber-rattling about Obamacare being "socialist," calling out China control of U.S. debt and how conservatives need to unite to make him a one-term president, while Gingrich used his time to advocate for the end of the Environmental Protection Agency, which would be replaced by an "environmental solutions agency," and criticize Obama on national security: "The Obama administration is wrong on terrorism, wrong on Iran, wrong on Hezbollah, wrong on the Muslim Brotherhood."

Neither addressed abortion, gay rights or other issues that have for so long defined this conservative get-together.

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  1. Donald Trump + Chris Barron = PLEASE NOTICE ME!!!!!

    Two little boys who like to throw spit wads for attention.

    Posted by: Bart | Feb 10, 2011 3:22:10 PM

  2. I already thought that gay Republicans were idiots, this just heightens my belief.

    Posted by: Critifur | Feb 10, 2011 3:32:48 PM

  3. Is Donald Trump really a "well-respected" businessman???

    Posted by: Austin | Feb 10, 2011 3:33:24 PM

  4. Please, stop the insanity.

    Posted by: tc in nyc | Feb 10, 2011 3:41:40 PM

  5. What a joke.

    Posted by: JimSur212 | Feb 10, 2011 3:50:05 PM

  6. DT -just the spokesperson this hack organization needs-
    he would go to the opening of a WalMart (AND HE MAY SOON GET HIS CHANCE)-if it meant that the press would cover it.

    Posted by: nick | Feb 10, 2011 3:50:13 PM

  7. Please pleas please let Trump run against Obama in 2012, That is a shoe in for Obama.

    Huckabee is your ONLY shot GOP! (And he is the WORST)

    Posted by: Fenrox | Feb 10, 2011 4:00:50 PM

  8. Trump?

    Apparently, gay politics is like gay sex:
    Always go for the biggest dick.

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Feb 10, 2011 4:07:39 PM

  9. just when you thing that GOProud couldn't be a bigger embarrassment to their own tribe, they find a way: they pick the guy with the worst hair EVER! Legions of fey hairdressers, catty coiffeurs and butch barbers are rotating in their graves at maximum speed!!

    Posted by: hugo | Feb 10, 2011 4:12:13 PM

  10. @GR8GUYCA

    Hilarious. Love it. I guess GOProud GOESbig. Size queens - it explains a lot about gay Republicans, doesn't it?

    Posted by: RyanInSacto | Feb 10, 2011 4:13:24 PM

  11. I hope he runs 3rd party and destroys any republican chance at the white house ... and he's some sort of ideal republican candidate all of a sudden? He supported Obama over McCain... he does what he believes is popular at the time.

    Posted by: PriceCut | Feb 10, 2011 4:21:31 PM

  12. @ critifur


    I was thinking almost the same thing when I read the article

    I thought GOProud was insane before, and this just proves they are coo coo for cocopufs in spades

    Posted by: | Feb 10, 2011 4:24:16 PM

  13. Just goes to show exactly how stupid your average gay Republican is.

    Posted by: Jasun | Feb 10, 2011 4:27:54 PM

  14. Pure comedy gold. If we're lucky, he'll team up with another reality TV star for vice president. Is Jeff Probst doing anything? They're both from Mark Burnett shows.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Feb 10, 2011 4:28:46 PM

  15. For the Presidential debate, Rosie should take Obama's place and do her comb over act.

    Posted by: Wilberforce | Feb 10, 2011 4:30:22 PM

  16. Pathetic - the gay rights movement does has to support all type of gay people to have equal rights.

    But given that it is at it's core a progressive liberal movement that is fighting elitist suppression - getting in bed with people like Trump is not really attractive.

    Yes he has a big loud voice, and the rich control the politics in this nation - but really selling out for acceptance from scum like Trump is just another sad choice for these wanna-be gay elitists.

    Posted by: willie t boned | Feb 10, 2011 4:40:50 PM

  17. With this bit of stunt casting, GOProud and Barron have gone 'round the bend. Pathetic. One could only hope that the man-with-that-thing-on-his-head would run on the GOP or third party ticket. It'd be too good to be true.

    Posted by: Rob | Feb 10, 2011 5:02:02 PM


    Posted by: rw | Feb 10, 2011 5:03:24 PM

  19. Actually, Trump did trumpet his "pro-life" views from the podium as part of his speech. FYI.

    Posted by: Red Seven | Feb 10, 2011 5:05:41 PM

  20. Donald Trump is a parasite whose main skill is manipulating bankruptcy laws to his advantage, 'Creative' accounting, and branding and franchising his name.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 10, 2011 5:22:23 PM

  21. I love that a mere two years after a devastating financial crisis, GOProud has chosen a candidate that is literally camp version of everything that is wrong with Wall Street.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Feb 10, 2011 7:37:02 PM

  22. My god, they really are lunatics. You'd like to think that this would finally marginalize them but of course they'll keep getting coverage just because they're so bizarre. Donal Trump--yeah, you really, really wanna take business advice from one of the most notorious failures and pariahs in the annals of American enterprise.

    Posted by: coolbearinmd | Feb 10, 2011 11:16:49 PM

  23. Their bumpersticker could be:


    Posted by: JONNY NYNY2FLFL | Feb 10, 2011 11:26:17 PM

  24. Better him than Sarah Palin.

    Posted by: Jack M | Feb 11, 2011 8:53:28 AM

  25. I used to be a Trump fan. Disappointed in his stance on gays getting married. Boo.

    My finance and I are working to continue to bring the importance of marriage equality. Please visit us at

    Posted by: Robbie & Allen | Feb 16, 2011 12:53:55 AM

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